Hickory Psychiatric Center

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Anxiety disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder are the most common mental illness in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. More than 1 out of every 6 American adults has some type of anxiety disorder.


What do grief counselors do? They help bereaved clients rediscover and rebuild positive relationships with friends, family, and other supportive people as an integral part of an effective strategy for moving forward after a loss.


Claustrophobia is a well-known phobia, known to be the fear of enclosed spaces, this could be anything from the elevator to a crowded meeting held in a small room and any enclosed space. When inside of an elevator or enclosed space, it’s important to breathe when facing this phobia.


While there is no “average” DUI offender, statistics show that men are nearly twice as likely as women to be arrested and convicted of DUIs. Also, young people between the ages of 21 and 25 are most likely to drink and drive, according to 2010 national arrest records.


Some common fears that people with OCD suffer from are eating in a restaurant, visiting hospitals, washing clothes at a laundromat, touching poles, or being in a crowd.


The last thing that a victim of a drunk driving accident needs to worry about is making ends meet. Financial assistance can help cover major costs like rent and utilities to help people get back on their feet.


It sounds like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) will only increase my anxiety. There’s no doubt that exposure and response prevention therapy – part of CBT – will be uncomfortable for you or anyone with OCD. However, the goal is to prove that not performing compulsive behaviors in response to obsessions does not lead to any harm.


Should you seek grief counseling? If grief is prompting physical symptoms that affect your life, health, and well-being, the answer is yes. Common symptoms include anxiety attacks, dizziness, disrupted sleep, loss of appetite, pain in the heart region, or tightness in the throat or chest.


Life transitions counseling can provide major support in helping you to understand how and why you react to change in the way that you do. By creating a freedom from the fear of change, you can learn to embrace those transitions you encounter in life.


Depression is a natural stage of grief following something as tragic as a DUI accident. At this point, a DUI victim may have little appetite and not sleep well because of feelings of emptiness, isolation, and self-pity, according to psychologists.


Although people with OCD sometimes recognize that their behaviors are irrational, they have extreme difficulty ignoring specific urges without feeling stress and anxiety. Often it is easier for someone with OCD to act on an urge like hand washing than to ignore it.


Sometimes, we can feel responsible for an injury or death in a drunken driving accident even though we had no part in it at all. Often, we question ourselves, asking what could have been done differently that would have changed or prevented it from happening. Counseling can help with understanding and resolving those feelings.


OCD has a neurobiological basis. It crosses gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic lines. It is estimated that 1 in 40 adults have OCD.


While it is easy to generate a statistical model of the financial impact of survivors of an impaired driving accident, understanding the emotional and psychological scars is a much more complicated process. In all cases, proper counseling is needed to help make these victims whole.


One obsession long considered part of OCD is the hoarding, the inability to get rid of useless or worn-out items that may be unnecessary or even hazardous to one’s health.


When we have pets that have been a part of our lives for a long time, it can be extremely difficult when they pass, and grieving is a natural reaction to this loss. One way to recover is to explore your emotions and thoughts with a qualified counselor.


The symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder are divided between obsessions which include recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses or urges, and compulsions. Compulsions are the repetitive behaviors that the individual performs in response to an obsession.


If you are involved in a DUI matter, it is not a good idea to go to court alone, especially if you are the victim in a DUI accident; you can be sure the other party will have legal help. We can direct you to attorneys who specialize in this field who will listen your case and provide the professional assistance you need.


Those who suffer from OCD often focus on a specific theme, such as a pattern of numbers, or shapes. Symptoms may begin gradually, and may vary throughout life.


Children of divorcing parents will experience the same stages of grief as those who are dealing with the death of a loved one – denial, blame, bargaining, etc. If you and your spouse are divorcing, your children may benefit from counseling.


Drinking and driving is a bigger problem than many people realize. A survey of drivers concluded that 17 million people – by their own admission – drove drunk in 2007, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.


The bottom line is, change is inevitable and is going to happen whether we want it to or not. Working with a counselor can be instrumental in helping you to stop fighting the change and rather accept it and move on in life.


According to research and the World Health Organization, anxiety disorders such as OCD, occur most often in developed countries instead of developing, or third world, countries.


It is offered that there are five stages of grief – denial, blame, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. However, there is no predictable pattern of progression, and those grieving may waver back and forth as they move towards acceptance. The role of a counselor is to help those in need reach acceptance.


Did you know some of the most famous artists and actors had and have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Megan Fox all have OCD. Leo Tolstoy, Edgar Allan Poe, and Vincent van Gogh also had OCD.


It’s true. Happy life events can cause distress and lead to transition anxiety. In fact, many rating scales rank positive occurrences like marriage, pregnancy, retirement, job advancement and moving to a new home as extremely stressful life changes.


Research shows that most people with OCD have more than one obsession. In OCD counseling, a therapist often will start with the obsession that causes the least amount of anxiety and slowly expose the patient to the obsession while stopping the patient from engaging in the compulsive behavior in response to that obsession.


One practice that is encouraged by professionals in times of loss is to remember. Looking at old photos, videos, or just talking about the individual seems like it could hurt more. But the best way to create a positive memory of someone is to embrace his or her life.


Did you know that like many human OCD and anxiety disorders, animal compulsive disorders are caused by conflict, stress, and frustration? They perform stress-relieving normal behaviors that then become repetitive and ritualized, leading to a major disruption in the animal’s normal behavior or living habits!


Grief is such a deeply personal emotion that it is often difficult to understand everything that is going on, and one can easily slip into despair. With proper guidance and counseling, you can work through your emotions to arrive at a better state.


A good counselor is one of the best things you can do to help yourself live more effectively with OCD. There are techniques that the pros know which can offer you the chance to break out of your obsessions and stop the compulsive actions you may be struggling with.


People often associate loss with strong feelings of grief. This can include the loss of a close friend, death of a partner, serious illness of a loved one, break up of a primary relationship, and the death of a family member.


Do you know what the fear of cats called? It is called ailurophobia. Alexander the Great, Mussolini, Hilter and Napolean all suffered from it.


As delighted as you are to have a baby, it’s possible you’re experiencing difficulty adapting to the change. You’re no longer just a couple; you’re parents with a family and all that implies. Counseling helps many new parents adjust more quickly to their new role.


According to 2011 statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, adults have too much to drink and then drive about 112 million times a year – that is approximately 300,000 different drinking and driving an incidents every day.


People having OCD know that their behavior is unusual and inappropriate, but still, they are unable to stop it. This doesn’t mean you are weak and your willpower isn’t strong. Seeking appropriate treatment can help.


Being a financial victim of a DUI incident can put family members deeply in debt as medical bills pile up, especially if the one responsible did not have insurance. We can counsel you as to which organizations are available to help you meet these obligations.


Did you know that between 2 million and 3 million people suffer from OCD in the United States alone? In fact, about one in 50 people has had symptoms of OCD at some point.


Victims of a drunk driver may struggle to make sense of the accident, feeling violated and wondering what they could have done to prevent it. Therapy and support groups can help victims and families come to terms with what happened.


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) causes its sufferers to repeat patterns or perform repetitive actions (compulsions), which must be done to alleviate feelings of incompletion or satisfy worries or doubts. These compulsive acts can be physical (checking/rechecking locked doors) or mental (counting or praying).


It can be difficult to get compensation for injuries sustained when hit by a drunk driver. Legal aid experts can provide advice and assistance in figuring out the best way to pursue justice and compensation for the damage.


There are many things that we cannot control in our world. And if you have OCD, that list may feel even more overwhelming. The good thing is that we CAN learn how to handle our reactions to those challenges better. That’s what a great counselor can offer.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) puts on DUI Victim Impact Panel programs in most states in the country, and many jurisdictions require people convicted of DUIs to attend the VIP as part of their sentence. According to MADD, the panel allows crime victims to offer personal stories and is designed to benefit the psychological well-being of DUI victims.


While, at some point in our lives, we will be faced with loss, hopefully, it will be as adults, when our experiences and maturity help us. Children may have greater difficulty understanding grief and how to express it; a qualified grief counselor can help with the process.


The medications used to treat anxiety disorders can be classified into four major groups: 1) SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors); 2) SNRIs (serotonin-norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors); 3) benzodiazepines (Va**um, Ativan, etc.); 4) tricyclic antidepressants.


Who needs transition counseling? You do, if you’re struggling with a life change and feel angry and frustrated. Actor Brian Tracy once shared this sage advice: “The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about it to become a happy, joyous person.”


While living with someone who obsessively cleans the house can seem nice at first, you may find that their obsession with cleanliness can take over their life. Remember, many people with OCD can be compulsive cleaners.


It’s important to understand that the grief process is not linear but is more often experience in cycles. Although your progress may seem slower this way, it’s important that you be patient with the process, and allow yourself to experience any feelings you may have about the loss.


According to a new research, phobias may be memories passed down in DNA through generations. It was a belief that memories can only be passed by teaching, but a new research says that some information can be passed genetically.


When there is a death in a family, some members may need to act as comforters while still trying to deal with their own grieving. If you are one who has other responsibilities during this time, working with a counselor can help with your personal issues, so you can heal as well.




24 2nd Ave NE
Hickory, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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